Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Raptors Finally Close out Wizards in Game 6

Raptors Finally Close out Wizards in Game 6

The win allowed the Raptors to accomplish many things: it was the first time in five playoff attempts at Capital One Arena that Toronto managed to come out on the good side, it sent them into the second round having finally dispatched the eighth-seeded Wizards, and it restored the sense that the East's No. 1 seed might have finally turned a playoff corner.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and Oklahoma City rallied from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat Utah. Toronto's reserves out-scored Washington's bench 21-6 in the second half while out-rebounding them 15-3. The Raptors pulled away at the end behind a great effort from Kyle Lowry.

Washington had to rely so much on Wall and Bradley Beal, who combined to play almost 84 combined minutes. Game 7, if necessary, will be back in Toronto.

"But that's how our team is built". Wall had 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in a 108-98 loss in Game 5 at Toronto.

The Raptors also benefited from the return of guard Fred VanVleet, who missed the last four games with a shoulder injury.

Coach Dwane Casey told the media pre-game that VanVleet was available.

"It gets them deep in their roster", Casey said.

John Wall had 23 points and eight assists in game six while Bradley Beal led Washington with 32 points.

When the 76ers picked up Ilyasova, they waived Trevor Booker, who then went to the Indiana Pacers.

Oladipo, who was 12-of-50 from the field in the previous three games, sank 11 of 19 shots, and six-of-eight from three-point range. The overall confidence we have in our group, Coach has instilled in us that this is a team and it's not about individuals. That was big, I think that changed the momentum for us once he came in the game, the way the bench played in the fourth quarter defensively and offensively. Here are five stats to watch in each of Friday's games. The Wizards have averaged 114 points in their two home games in this series, and Wall and Beal should have a productive night. He finished with five points, four assists and four rebounds.

They will get a chance to advance to the next round with a win in Sunday's winner-take-all showdown in Cleveland. Other than two or three turnovers, we got all the looks we wanted in the fourth quarter. "We've got to keep our mind on our business".

The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.

Thaddeus Young floored LeBron James with an elbow, opening a cut above the future hall of famer's left eye. This game was close in the first quarter.

VanVleet fed Siakam for a dunk as part of a Raptors' 9-2 run that cut Washington's lead to just a point early in the second.

Wright had no explanation for why he gave up shots in the fourth quarter of Game 4.

No other Cavs player scored more than 13 points while the Pacers' balanced attack saw seven players score in double figures.

A moment of silence was held before tipoff for those who died in Monday's horrific van attack in Toronto that left 10 dead, and 14 injured, and both teams held black #Torontostrong banners during the anthems.

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